Maya Angelou Dies at 86

Posted Wednesday May 28, 2014 10:32 AM GMT

She profoundly affected the world with her singing, acting and writing throughout her long and blessed life and sadly Maya Angelou has passed away.

The prolific poet was found to be dead when her caretaker checked on her this morning (May 28) and she had cancelled appearances due to poor health as of late.

Angelou, who wrote the much-loved 1970 poem “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings,” was a professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University since 1982, though she spent much of the 1950s and 60s performing on stage and in various productions.

Maya also starred in “Poetic Justice” with Janet Jackson as well as “How to Make an American Quilt,” “Roots” and “Madea’s Family Reunion.”

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